Andrea Iannone is struggling with the fast changes of direction at Mugello after injuring his shoulder during a spill at a private test at the Italian circuit prior to the French MotoGP at Le Mans.

Iannone was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder but an MRI scan carried out following Le Mans, where he finished in a battling fifth place, revealed a hairline fracture at the tip of his humerus bone.

The Ducati rider was fourth fastest on day one in free practice at Mugello with a best time of 1m 47.994s as he finished half-a-second behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, but Iannone was finding the going extremely tough on the GP15.

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"I had high hopes before coming here that this is a better weekend for me but it is a really difficult moment for me because my shoulder at this track is really difficult to manage," he said.

"The big problem is the power [in his shoulder] because when I push more with the bike, especially in the changes of direction, I know it is slow because the power in my hands and the shoulder is really less. But this is the situation and I try my best for this weekend.

"On the other hand I am so happy because I have a good feeling with the bike and the bike has good potential," Iannone added.

"I work really good with my team to improve the bike in practice and so this is important. But this is a really bad moment for me and I try my best every time to manage here in front of my people.

"With this problem, normal people stay in their bed at home with a broken shoulder but I have to push a lot with this problem because this is my work, like the other riders."